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You have a group of protagonists, one of whom has been injured or disabled. Either that person is literally slowing the group down, or SomeoneHasToDie. Naturally, the "damaged" party member volunteers to sacrifice themselves and/or be left behind: after all, being permanently injured is a FateWorseThanDeath and well..they'll just slow them down.

A SuperTrope of NoOneGetsLeftBehind, and a SubTrope of HeroicSacrifice. Often used in a MoreHeroThanThou dispute.

Often leads to YouShallNotPass, SelfDestructiveCharge or NoOneGetsLeftBehind, but also covers other situations such as quietly going off to die when no one's looking.

This may make pragmatic sense when the character is already mortally wounded or unable to escape from an oncoming deadly threat. This can be a natural end to YourDaysAreNumbered. If they're not it has UnfortunateImplications for the value placed on disabled/scarred etc people (by themselves and those around them) and easily turns into DeathByDisfigurement.

'''Can be a DeathTrope, so expect spoilers.'''



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Done in ''WeissKreuz''. Birman, one of Weiss' handlers, is captured and subjected to MutilationInterrogation by [[ThePsychoRangers La Mort]]. The boys are ordered to kill her before she cracks and tells them everything she knows; when they protest, Manx reminds them that they're [[HitmanWithAHeart killers,]] not rescuers. When they find her alive, they decide to rescue her anyway, and she asks Aya for the gun he carries as a backup weapon, saying grimly that she's still got one finger to pull a trigger with. Aya gives it to her, [[HopeSpot apparently thinking she wanted to help cover their escape]], but she explains the trope and shoots herself instead.
* [[spoiler: Main character Seiya]] attempts to pull this in ''SaintSeiya'' when he's under the effects of a poison-based technique and Shun can't fight his own EvilCounterpart properly, since one of his chains is wrapped around [[spoiler: Seiya]]'s arm to keep him from falling off a cliff. [[spoiler: Seiya]] mentions this trope right before he uses his free hand to cut off the already-damaged chain and willingly throw himself off, which sends Shun into an UnstoppableRage against his enemy. [[spoiler: Luckily, Seiya lives to tell. Barely, but he does.]]
* Done at least twice in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** First, [[ActionGirl Lan Fan]] when she is seriously injured by Bradley. Ling Yao manges to escape carrying her on his shoulder, but is being followed by Bradley and forced into a dead-end. She ask Ling to leave her, but [[DontSaySuchStupidThings Ling won't take shit like that]]. [[spoiler:She ends up [[LifeOrLimbDecision cutting her injured arm]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and using it to elude Bradley's tracking unit.]]]]
** After he got paralyzed, Havoc tearfully begged [[SupportingLeader Mustang]] to leave him, since he won't be much help for Mustang anymore in military. Mustang complies... so Havoc can recover and join him later. [[spoiler:Like above examples, he proved his worth by smuggling weapons for Mustang and his men when the Promised Day is coming.]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Eren's mother/Mikasa's ParentalSubstitute Carla Jaeger is gravely wounded and pinned underneath rubble. She pretty much orders her children to leave her there so they can escape. In a more realistic (and [[TearJerker heartbreaking]]) version of the trope, poor Carla understandably freaks out at the thought of [[PrimalFear being all alone as the Titans get close to her]], but then she makes sure to cover her mouth with her hands so her children won't listen to her "PleaseDontLeaveMe".
** During the attempt to rescue Eren from the Armored Titan, a Titan snags Erwin from off his horse. He immediately demands that the rest of them advance and rescue Eren, though that doesn't stop a handful of {{Red Shirt}}s from jumping in to save him. He survives, but [[AnArmAndALeg not in one piece]].


* PlayedForLaughs in an issue of ''{{Planetary}}'', as the crew are racing to recover a man trying to escape from them while The Drummer is under the weather due to info overload:
-->'''Elijah:''' He's getting away!\\
'''The Drummer:''' Leave me behind! I'll only slow you down!\\
'''Elijah:''' Okay.\\
'''The Drummer:''' I didn't ''mean'' it, you evil old geezer.
* TransformersWingsOfHonor: Red Alert, Ultra Magnus and a bunch of other Autobots take on Devastator in a flashback (which is also a deleted scene from the movie). They blow the combiner apart, and then the Constructicons continue fighting, forcing the bots back. Red Alert is shot in the back and tells the others to continue. The Bots leave him, and the Cons march on past him as he expires.

* Invoked in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109581/1/i-did-not-want-to-die/i-did-not-want-to-die I Did Not Want To Die]] by the protagonist when he has his ObiWanMoment.
* In the {{Hetalia}} doujinshi [[http://lillaljuvliga.tumblr.com/post/6318168752/our-house-on-the-big-snowfield-doujin Our House on the Big Snowfield]], a teen Ukraine and a child Belarus run away from invaders. Since DeathIsCheap for nations, Belarus tells her sister to leave her since it will make no real difference and she'll return soon. [[spoiler: Subverted in that Ukraine ''does'' leave but promises to return for Belarus as soon as she can. Double Subverted in that Belarus ultimately doesn't die either.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Geppetto in Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. After Monstro destroys their raft, he tells Pinocchio to "save yourself" as he sinks under the water. Pinocchio gives his life getting him safely to shore, and even then Geppetto, still barely conscious, continues to say it.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
** One of the Army Men is squashed when Andy's mom stepped on him.
-->'''Soldier:''' Go on without me! Just go!
-->'''Sergeant:''' A good soldier never leaves a man behind! ''(pulls him to safety)''
** Near the end Woody is trapped under a crate in Sid's room.
-->'''Woody:''' Listen, Buzz, forget about me. You should get outta here while you can.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The three geologists in ''Film/LetterNeverSent'' are desperately trying to escape the raging forest fire they're trapped inside. Andrei is injured, leaving Sabinin and Tanya to drag him across the difficult Siberian terrain. He tells them to leave him and they refuse, so he crawls away during the night and is never seen again. He leaves behind a note saying that it's better for one person to die than three.
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. Major Franklin has a serious leg injury and can't keep up with the team, so he tries to commit suicide to avoid slowing them down.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': [[spoiler:Miles]] is mortally wounded, but stays behind to [[spoiler:trigger the detonator that will destroy his research]].
* In ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'', one of the 12 Norsemen stays behind in the tunnel to hold off the rampaging horde of [[spoiler:cannibalistic cave-dwelling Neanderthals]] after uttering the [[YouShallNotPass tip-off phrase]] for a wounded soldier: "Well, I think I've gone as far as I can. [[AGoodWayToDie Today was a GOOD day. ]]Meet me in Valhalla!"
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. Katsumoto's wounded son Nobutada single-handedly holds off scores of Japanese soldiers at a small bridge behind his father's home in Tokyo, so that Katsumoto, Algren and the rest of the samurai can make their escape.
* Lampshaded and mocked in the film of ''TheBridgeOverTheRiverKwai'', as the would-be victim's reasoning is compared to the ideology of the Japanese soldiers he opposes. "The only important thing is to live like a human being!"
* In the first ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' movie, a wounded MI trooper named Watkins asks to take an nuclear RPG round and remain behind so he can pull a YouShallNotPass on the Bugs. When asked "You trying to be a hero?", he replies "I'm trying to kill some Bugs, sir. Get outta here!"
* Danny Archer, at the end of ''Film/BloodDiamond''.
* ''Set It Off'' Queen Latifah draws the attention and gunfire of the police by revving the engine of the getaway car - so her pal Jada Pinkett can escape via the greyhound coach.
* Brendan Gleeson's character in ''InBruges''.
* Ed in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', being severely wounded, suggests this to the hero who grudgingly accepts.
* This is the fate of [[spoiler:the old robot]] in ''Film/TheBlackHole'' after taking a few too many bullets.
* ''Film/USMarshals''. As fugitive Mark Sheridan and his girlfriend attempt to flee, they quickly realize that he can't pull her over the wall blocking their path. She immediately lets go of his hand and all but begs him to go, even as he continues to yell at her to keep trying to climb.
* Zig-zagged in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''- [[spoiler:Steven tells Gary & Andrew to leave him as the Blanks drag him away in 'The Beast' only to turn up fine a few minutes later]].
* The slave girl in ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' gets wounded during battle and requests to be left behind, which the hero refuses to accept. He then carries her out of the danger zone.

* Rockjaw Grang in the {{Redwall}} novel ''The Long Patrol'', after [[TakingTheBullet being fatally wounded]]. He manages to kill over twenty {{Mooks}} before he finally dies.
* TheCaptain of the [[spoiler:HMS ''Madrigal'']], in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington The Honor of the Queen]]'', says this to let the surviving Grayson ships leave them and escape.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series. In ''Mockingjay'', [[spoiler: Peeta]] asks to be left behind because of [[spoiler: his personality issues.]]
** Also, in "''Catching Fire''" [[spoiler:Mags does this during the poisonous gas trap in the Quarter Quell.]]
* In ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy Wishsong of Shannara]]'', half of Jair's companions die like this. Garet Jax is technically an exception, because he wasn't wounded when [[YouShallNotPass he remained behind to hold off the Jachyra]]. Jair really was leading a SuicideMission when you come right down to it.
* In SandyMitchell's ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain Cain's Last Stand]]'', [[spoiler:cadet Donal and the governor]] opt to stay behind and delay the enemy after they are wounded. Cain [[spoiler:promotes Donal on the spot to Commissar in honor of his bravery]]. Subverted when this well-meaning sacrifice [[spoiler:allows Varan to uses his CompellingVoice to take control of them.]]
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', the elderly Matthew sends Lucian on alone because he is too old and would only slow him.
* Subverted in one of Mack Reynolds' ''Section G.'' [[InSpace spy stories]]. Section G's top operative, Ronny Bronston, takes a new agent on a training mission to an enemy planet. Ronny is wounded and tells the newbie to kill him so the enemy won't capture him. The rookie instead helps Ronny to their escape vehicle. The subversion comes because Ronny wasn't ''that'' badly wounded; it was an impromptu SecretTest, and by not being ruthless enough to kill his comrade, the new guy ''failed'' and gets washed out of field agent training. Ronny's boss points out that the rookie was trying to save Ronny's life. Ronny replies flatly that saving his life wasn't the mission.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': In ''Flyte'', Septimus insists in Nicko running away without him from the wolverines that are following them after he tripped and twisted his ankle. Nicko doesn't listen and gets trapped along with Septimus.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' short story ''[[Literature/StarWarsBladeSquadron Blade Squadron]]'', Rebel Wing Commander Adon Fox orders the remaining three fighters in the squadron to leave him behind and rejoin the rest of the Rebel fighters rather than try to rescue him from his crippled fighter. The story ends with him still alive, but with little hope for rescue before his injuries kill him or his fighter falls apart.
* In ''Heaven's Queen'', final book of the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', John Brenton sacrifices himself this way during the battle at Dark Star Station. Aware that he's mortally wounded, Brenton stays behind at a control panel holding down a button so the others can escape.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* PlayedForLaughs in the episode "Real Time" of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' while the guys are trying to race to work, Adam is beginning to pass out in the street on account of being too drunk and tells the others to go on without him. Ders and Blake agree, but then RealityEnsues and Adam says "Actually, its very dangerous out here, carry me," and the other two drag him out of the street.
* Subverted in the first season two episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' in which Daniel is badly wounded. Thinking that this will likely kill him anyway, he tells Jack to take the others and go on without him while he plans to [[YouShallNotPass stay behind and cover their escape]]. However he ends up meeting no resistance and instead hauls himself to a Goa'uld sarcophagus to get healed.
* Anders in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': This is given as the reason Charlotte and Daniel stay behind while the rest of the left-behinds travel to the Orchid. Of the group, Charlotte is suffering the worst effects of time-traveling. This also allows the pair a poignant death scene, which motivates Daniel's actions for the rest of the season.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "All Our Yesterdays", [=McCoy=] tries to tell this to Spock after getting frostbitten. In a [[Heartwarming/StarTrek Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]], the Vulcan tells him that NoOneGetsLeftBehind.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', a few examples:
** Injured Kira to Dax after the crash in "The Siege", but Dax takes her along anyway.
** Dax is bleeding to death in "Change of Heart" is left behind by Worf to finish a mission. [[spoiler:He ends up abandoning the mission and comes back for her]]
** Dax again in "Move Along Home" - during the Wadi's game (which the characters think is real), Dax is injured and tells Sisko and Kira to leave her. They refuse, and all three are "killed" (meaning nothing more than Quark losing the game).
** Humorous example in "The Ascent", where Quark hauls the injured Odo (during the period when he had become a "solid") up a mountain on a stretcher. When Odo protests, Quark emphasizes his reasoning: Odo's along for emergency rations; if he dies, he's food.
** Worf yells "leave me!" to Ezri when he's shot as they try to escape the Dominion. She just tells him to shut up.
* In the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "The Haunting of Deck 12", an injured [[TheSpock Tuvok]] tries to invoke this on [[TheHeart Neelix]]. [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind Three guesses]] how that turned out.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime The Invasion of Time]]'', one of the savage Gallifreyans to Leela. He then goes for PlayingPossum.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]'', Cully says this to Jamie after the Quark shots him. Jamie opts for NoOneGetsLeftBehind
* In [[Recap/BlackadderS4E4PrivatePlane one episode]] of ''BlackadderGoesForth'', Blackadder and Baldrick have been captured by the Germans and sentenced to spend the rest of the war [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment teaching young schoolgirls in Heidelberg home economics]]. Edmund is far more comfortable with this fate than with being sent back to the front again. When his companions come to rescue him, he attempts to invoke this trope in order to be left behind, claiming to have "splintered his pancreas". It doesn't work.
* In the HBO film ''Deadly Voyage'' (based on a true story), Kingsley Ofosu and his brother are trying to escape from the murderous crew of the ship they have stowed away on (who have already killed their seven companions). As they reach the deck, his injured brother, knowing that the two of them will never escape together, pushes Kingsley away from him and staggers off on his own. Sure enough, the crew quickly catches him and throws him overboard, but the separation and the distraction gives Kingsley the precious extra few minutes needed to escape.
* Parodied in the ''{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Puerto Rican Day", where a parade is obstructing the traffic, and Elaine tries to go through underneath a viewing stand, leading a group of people. An elderly priest can't keep up:
-->'''Elaine:''' Come on, father, you can make it.
-->'''Priest:''' No, I can't. I've got a bad hip. Go on without me.
-->'''Elaine:''' No! I won't!
-->'''Priest:''' Leave me! You must.
-->'''Elaine:''' All right. Take it easy.
-->''(catches up with the others)''
-->'''Elaine:''' All right, we can move faster without Father O'Gimpy.
-->'''Priest:''' I heard that!

* Tony in ''The Time Tunnel'' episode "Kill Two By Two".

[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/WarrenZevon's song "I'll Slow You Down" references this trope in the context of ill-fated love.

[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* A variation in the Classic ''{{Traveller}}'' adventure ''Rescue on Galatea'' by FASA. During a rescue mission in enemy territory an {{NPC}} is wounded. The {{PC}}s hear a shot: when they arrive they find the {{NPC}} dead, killed by another {{NPC}} named Freeman. Freeman explains that he had to shoot the wounded {{NPC}} because he would have just slowed them down, or worse been forced to tell about the team's mission if captured.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Played straight and inverted in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', where a struggling Survivor may encourage the rest to go on to the next safe room without them. Justified because DeathIsCheap and they'll respawn in the safe room at the beginning of the next map. This is considered a valid tactic on the higher difficulties, since a dozen or more attempts may be needed to finish a campaign on Expert.
* Also played straight in ''VideoGame/PaydayTheHeist'' and ''VideoGame/Payday2'': all heisters not in custody need to be at the getaway point to leave, or the game doesn't end. Since they all get paid and out of jail if you win (small cash and exp penalties for in-custody allies), sometimes it's best to let a downed character bleed out, rather than go out to save them and risk losing. Unfortunately, the thirty-second timer is already in the process of slowing the leaving heisters down.
* Used along with the exact phrase "I will only slow you down" by the injured Grey Warden Keenan in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening''.
* Meryl asks Solid Snake to shoot her in the first VideoGame/MetalGearSolid after being shot by Sniper Wolf, claiming she promised she wouldn't slow him down and broke her promise. [[WhatTheHellHero Actually killing her gets you a]] NonStandardGameOver.
* In ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'', whenever a party member gets "killed" in battle, they will tell the others to leave them. No matter how bad it is, they will invariably be told, word for word, that NoOneGetsLeftBehind, and will remain in the party in a state of Near Death.
* In ''VideoGame/FableIII'', when Walter and the Hero first arrive in Aurora, they encounter a creature known as the Crawler and Walter is left blind and injured. Knowing he's too weak to cross the desert in his current state, Walter tells the Hero to leave him behind, saying "I won't just slow you down, I'll get you killed." You're actually ''forced'' to leave him behind, but doing so at the first opportunity makes you an [[KarmaMeter evil asshole]].
* Hope, suddenly and briefly, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
* Attempted by [[spoiler: Athena Asamiya]] in [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/b/kof99psy_2.htm one of her team's endings]] from TheKingOfFighters 99. [[spoiler: If Kensou is the one who defeats Krizalid, while the Psycho Soldiers Team escapes from the crumbling NESTS base Athena gets trapped under the rubble and tells Kensou to leave her there. He refuses and, he temporarily unlocks his latent powers, saving them both.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'': You have a chance of Garry pulling this on your near the end. If he does, you can wait around to watch [[spoiler:[[KilledOffForReal him eventually crumble to the ground and lose consciousness]]]].
* ''VideoGame/MadFather'': [[spoiler:Maria]] will pull this on Aya at a vital moment near the end, after having their leg very badly (and bloodily) damaged. [[spoiler:Luckily, she comes back to a BigDamnHeroes moment when Aya is put in a spot minutes later]].

[[folder: Web Comic ]]

* Said almost word for word in [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/10292010-3/ this]] {{Goblins}} strip, but gets {{subverted}} one page later when it's revealed [[spoiler:that his spine isn't broken and he can fight Kore [[OneSidedBattle briefly.]]]]
* [[http://maximumcomic.com/?strip_id=3 Myers]] in ''GalacticMaximum''

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Completely averted in FreddieW's video "Flower Warfare" where, at the end, Freddie falls and begins to tell his comrade to go on without him, just to see she's already done so, barely stopping to see him fall.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceDownfall'', a number of characters end up doing this, [[spoiler:though more because they realize that the marker is slowly driving them insane than because of any physical injury]].
* Subverted in the episode of ''TheSimpsons'' 'Das Bus', when the passengers of [[DrivesLikeCrazy Otto's]] bus end up stranded on an island, a' la ''LordOfTheFlies''. Bart, Lisa and Milhouse are being chased by the other kids, until Milhouse collapses from exhaustion:
-->'''Milhouse:''' I can't go on... You two go ahead... and carry me with you!
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': [[ItMakesSenseInContext The Hills are trying to find their dog Ladybird before she goes nuts in a retirement home.]] Bobby gets stopped by a couple of old women who start pinching his cheeks and cooing over him. He tells his parents to go on without him, but when one offers to let him play with her dentures, he shouts "I changed my mind! Come back!!"
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' episode "Omens Part Two", Jaga, wounded during the escape from their invaded castle, uses the line ''verbatim'' when telling Lion-O and the other Thundercats to leave him behind.
* In the Halloween episode of ''TheFairlyOddparents'', Timmy and his friends (which include his godparents as [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself no one would recognize them as fairies with everyone in costume]]) visit the Buxaplenty Mansion to get candy. Instead they get dogs sic'd on them for not having nice costumes (that and the owner just a snotty jerkass) with Timmy tripping over his costume and telling his friends to go on without him. Without a beat they all yell "Okay" and leave him behind to which Timmy yells he was "being dramatic".
* In WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'s [[TheMovie The Beast with a Billion Backs]], the cast is being chased by a tentacly monster from another dimension.
-->'''Zoidberg''': (after tripping, on the ground, talking to Leela) I can't make it. Go on without me!
--> (camera pans, so we see that he's clinging to her leg)
-->'''Leela''': I'm trying!
-->'''Zoidberg''': Go on without me faster!
* In an OzzyAndDrix episode, the titular duo are on Hector's scalp attempting to exterminate lice eggs. Ozzy, due to being a white blood cell, is wearing a suit not unlike a space suit so he doesn't coagulate. Inevitably, them killing all the eggs attracts the mother lice. During the ensuing chase, Ozzy's suit gets ripped, and he begins to coagulate. This exchange ensues when he starts to get too stiff to run.
-->'''Ozzy:'''Forget about me, just go on without me.
-->'''Drix:'''''(visibly saddened)'' Do you really mean that?
-->'''Ozzy:''' [[SubvertedTrope Of course not!]] Save me! Save my butt right now!

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Oates#The_return_journey Captain Lawrence Oates]] is most well known for committing suicide by Antarctic so the rest of his exploration party could live. He was suffering from a frostbitten foot and injuries he received during service in the Boer War. Unfortunately, this didn't [[KillEmAll help save his comrades]]. His last words were written in Robert Scott's diary as:
-->"[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I'm just going outside]] [[GallowsHumor and may be some time]]."
** The leader of a different party in the same expedition, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Evans,_1st_Baron_Mountevans#Scott.27s_Second_Antarctic_Expedition_.281910-1913.29 Edward "Teddy" Evans]], dying of scurvy, ordered his two companions to leave him in his sleeping bag. [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind They refused to leave him,]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome dragged him on their sledge]] and were [[AnyoneCanDie very lucky]] to all survive.